As the Coordinator of Violence Prevention Programs, Virginia Solan works with students, staff and faculty to increase awareness around issues of interpersonal violence while creating great spaces and safe spaces for survivors and supporters to share their views and artwork, be it poetry, music, essay, videos, visual arts and more. The Green Dot bystander intervention training program and the VPP Speaker's Bureau are her main focus, as are students.
Virginia has worked for 30 years as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking and child abuse. A freelance writer, she also has worked as a journalist in print, radio and television.
An enthusiastic Vandal, Virginia holds a Master's of Science in Education in Adult, Organizational Learning & Leadership from the University of Idaho and a B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from UI, along with the Certificate of Diversity & Stratification. She has completed more than 800 hours of training in crisis response, investigation and dynamics of power-based violence, working with law enforcement, the judicial system, community agencies, the media and more. She works with the Sociology/Anthropology Department to present workshops in inclusivity and stratification.
Virginia loves the ocean, music, old books, films and documentaries, cemeteries and cats. Sometimes you can catch her on Moscow's community radio station, KRFP, where she often DJ's. She has two sons and lives in Moscow with her husband and two cats, KC & Zelda.